Social sciences and public policy news

Julienne Molineaux

Politicians must do more to earn trust

Social sciences and public policy
13 Sep, 2019
Surveys like Stuff's Your Place 2019 always find the public have low trust in politicians. Dr Julienne Molineaux looks at why.
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AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings

12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
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Unpaid work should be counted

Social sciences and public policy
10 Sep, 2019
The unpaid work often done by women is the single largest sector of New Zealand's economy, writes Professor Marilyn Waring.
Woolf Fisher AUT scholarship Awards ceremony

19 first in family scholarships awarded

05 Sep, 2019
19 AUT students were awarded Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships at a celebration event at the AUT South Campus on Thursday 29 August.
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Party politics in local elections

Social sciences and public policy
16 Aug, 2019
AUT research shows that candidates affiliated to a central political party are more likely to win seats in Auckland local government.
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Ethnic disparities in child protection

19 Jul, 2019
AUT research shows that Māori children are almost four times more likely to be placed out of home by child protection services.
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Climate emergency? Try revolution

Social sciences and public policy
18 Jul, 2019
New Zealand's climate emergencies don't look, sound or quack much like an emergency, writes Dr David Hall of The Policy Observatory at AUT.
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AUT awards five Professors Emeriti

26 Jun, 2019
Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack has awarded the honorary title of Professor Emeritus to five senior professors.
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NZ has dethroned GDP as a measure of success, but will Ardern's government be transformational?

Social sciences and public policy
11 Jun, 2019
Is the Government's well-being budget transformational? Dr David Hall from The Policy Observatory weighs in.
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Reflecting two months after the shooting

Social sciences and public policy
24 May, 2019
Muslim and AUT PhD student Najmah Usman writes how she is heartened and has learnt a lot in wake of the tragedy.
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Unequal access to fertility treatment

Social sciences and public policy
23 May, 2019
The disadvantaged are being forced to the DIY fertility scene because of the high-cost of New Zealand's regulated industry, writes Sharyn Graham Davies.
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Economics Professor to lead the social sciences

Social sciences and public policy
17 May, 2019
The new Head of School for AUT's School of Social Sciences and Public Policy is to be Professor Tim Maloney.
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The Political Years

Social sciences and public policy
16 May, 2019
Professor Marilyn Waring’s autobiographical account of her extraordinary years in parliament, will be explored at the Auckland Writers Festival.
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Full scholarship to study fertility

Social sciences and public policy
15 May, 2019
A $81,000 scholarship up for grabs will help ensure the disadvantaged can access fertility treatment.
62% increase in AUT researchers

62% increase in AUT researchers

30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
Giving women real choices

Giving women real choices

Social sciences and public policy
12 Apr, 2019
Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies has been defending women's right to choose what they wear.
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Christchurch

15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
Emeritus Professor Ian Shirley

Farewell to Professor Ian Shirley

23 Jan, 2019
Emeritus Professor Ian Shirley was a friend and colleague to many as a researcher, leader, mentor, supervisor and notable person about the University.
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Celebrating AUT through the years

21 Jan, 2019
Over 50 of our oldest alumni came together for the 2018 Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion hosted by the alumni office.
AUT Edge Award winners

Gaining skills for the workplace

14 Dec, 2018
Auckland Council are proud to sponsor the overall achievement prize for the AUT Edge Award, an extra-curricular employability award at AUT.
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Five AUT Marsden Fund grants

08 Nov, 2018
Five projects led by AUT researchers have been granted funding totalling $3.58 million in new research for the university, in this Marsden Fund round.
AUTSA's Foodie Godmother pantry

Can you help the Foodie Godmother?

02 Nov, 2018
AUTSA’s Foodie Godmother needs donations of food and personal hygiene products for students in need. Can you help?
AUT's new Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors announced

01 Nov, 2018
AUT has announced the promotion to Professor of seven senior academics. A further 16 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
Emeritus Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop

AUT awards Emeritus Professor

Social sciences and public policy
26 Oct, 2018
AUT has awarded Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop the title of Emeritus Professor in recognition of her contributions to Pacific development iss
The Sustainability Taskforce at the Roadmap launch

Minister launches sustainable blueprint

24 Oct, 2018
The Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw officially launched AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap on Friday 19 October.
THE world university rankings for AUT 2019

THE rankings place AUT in NZ top three

27 Sep, 2018
AUT has significantly improved in global university rankings published today by the Times Higher Education.
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AUT 2019 domestic and international fees

13 Sep, 2018
Tuition fees for new domestic students, and for domestic and international students currently enrolled in a programme will increase in 2019.
Social change campaigner Richie Hardcore

Academia enhances social change tools

19 Apr, 2018
Social change campaigner Richie Hardcore kicked off the AUT Culture and Society Career Fair by stressing the importance of resilience and learning.
Associate Professor Camille Nakhid

Academic discusses racism complaints

Social sciences and public policy
07 Mar, 2018
AUT grad interns with the United Nations

AUT grad interns with the United Nations

Social sciences and public policy
16 Feb, 2018
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First national inquiry breaks the silence around family violence in the Pacific

Social sciences and public policy
14 Nov, 2017

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop at AUT is one of four commissioners appointed to oversee Samoa’s national inquiry into family violence..

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Auckland: Unsafe, polluted, discriminatory

Social sciences and public policy
25 Sep, 2017

Aucklanders are significantly more likely than other New Zealanders to be the victims of burglary and vehicle offences and although Auckland’s overall crime rate is decreasing, too many Aucklanders continue to feel unsafe.

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Musician Tommy Nee releases single to raise awareness of youth homelessness

Social sciences and public policy
29 Jun, 2017

Vodafone Pacific Music Award’s most promising artist of 2017 Tommy Nee has written a song for the Lifewise Big Sleepout campaign with all the funds raised from downloads going towards ending youth homelessness.

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Preventing Tongan youth suicide

Social sciences and public policy
23 May, 2017

AUT research students launch New Zealand’s first evidence-based resource for Pacific suicide prevention.

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Professor Judy McGregor: More progress on women's rights needed

Social sciences and public policy
08 Mar, 2017

Women’s discontent with gender inequality is on the rise. Today (March 8th) thousands of women will celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). It will be a bitter sweet celebration. We will welcome women’s increasing advancement in education, health, and the workplace. But we will also lament stalled progress on gender equality in New Zealand at a time when women globally are knitting pink “pussy hats” and have taken protest back to the streets.

Book highlights growing gaps in New Zealand’s human rights record

Book highlights growing gaps in New Zealand’s human rights record

Social sciences and public policy
22 Jul, 2016

A new book from Professor Judy McGregor describes New Zealand as “worryingly self-satisfied about its human rights record” despite some major shortcomings.

AUT Professor Judy McGregor named supreme winner at 2016 Women in Governance Awards

AUT Professor Judy McGregor named supreme winner at 2016 Women in Governance Awards

Social sciences and public policy
01 Jul, 2016

AUT Professor Judy McGregor is the winner of this year’s ‘Supreme Award in Governance’ at the Women in Governance Awards, announced at an awards dinner last night [Thursday, 30 June].

World Refugee Day: Time to debunk myths and welcome refugees to NZ

World Refugee Day: Time to debunk myths and welcome refugees to NZ

Social sciences and public policy
20 Jun, 2016

Debunking myths about refugees is AUT senior lecturer Maria Hayward’s goal for World Refugee Day [June 20] this year.

Hayward, who is director of the Centre for Refugee Education [Mangere, Auckland], says there is a huge amount of misinformation about refugees and their lives here in New Zealand.

Symposium on transforming south Auckland

Symposium on transforming south Auckland

Social sciences and public policy
04 Apr, 2016

Transforming south Auckland’s social and economic future is the focus of a symposium hosted by the Auckland University of Technology’s South Campus and Auckland Council’s Southern Initiative this month.

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Opinion: Devastating refugee photos not telling the full story

Social sciences and public policy
24 Sep, 2015

Maria Hayward is a senior lecturer at AUT’s Centre for Refugee Education – part of the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre that helps prepare refugees for life in New Zealand.

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International book prize a “career highlight” for AUT Associate Professor

Social sciences and public policy
24 Sep, 2015

A prestigious international literary prize has been awarded to AUT Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies for her work editing a book which explores sex and sexuality in Indonesia.

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Professor of Pacific Studies receives national honour

Social sciences and public policy
14 Sep, 2015

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop was appointed a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at an investiture ceremony at Government House last week.

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Three minutes to impress

04 Sep, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Doctoral and Masters Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitions: PhD candidate Kudakwashe Tuwe and Master of Sport and Exercise student Samuel Paterson.

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An agenda for change

Social sciences and public policy
28 Aug, 2015

Professor Judy McGregor, Head of School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT University and former Equal Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, says New Zealand is a country in denial. We have a self-image of ourselves as inherently good and a political narrative that positions New Zealand as a global human rights leader – but it’s a narrative that suffers under scrutiny.

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NZ welfare model not recommended

Social sciences and public policy
05 Jun, 2015

The Australian government is considering social welfare reform but in this opinion piece written for the Australian website The Conversation, AUT social science lecturer Michael Fletcher warns against the adoption of New Zealand’s reform model.

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Opinion: Rethink needed for Samoan language survival

Social sciences and public policy
22 May, 2015

While New Zealand celebrates Samoan Language Week from 24-30 May, we also need to think about how we can best ensure the survival of the language, says Salainaoloa Wilson, a PhD student in the School Social Sciences and Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology.

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Opinion: Hidden dangers of the generic ‘he’

Social sciences and public policy
11 May, 2015

The use of the generic ‘he’ can be seen across many levels of New Zealand society, and this impacts on what we expect of our young girls and boys, writes Sharyn Davies, Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT University.

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The humble cuppa - a symbol of diminishing rights?

Social sciences and public policy
13 Apr, 2015

By Professor Judy McGregor, head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology

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New Zealand’s human rights reputation at risk

Social sciences and public policy
02 Apr, 2015

A report on the status of human rights in New Zealand says serious fault lines are developing and that the country’s reputation as a global leader is at risk.

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Women’s rights then and now – are we falling behind?

Social sciences and public policy
09 Mar, 2015

New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote and we have always regarded ourselves as a leader in giving equal rights to women. To mark International Women’s Day, AUT’s Professor Marilyn Waring recently spoke at Parliament, comparing women rights in the 1970s to now and asking whether we are falling behind.

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New book integral to promoting Pacific research

Social sciences and public policy
16 Sep, 2014

A new book edited by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Professor of Pacific Studies Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, and University of Auckland Associate Professor Eve Coxon brings together the work of Pacific researchers across New Zealand universities

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AUT academic first Kiwi for Cambridge position

Social sciences and public policy
08 Jul, 2014

AUT University anthropology lecturer Sharyn Graham Davies is off to Cambridge University as New Zealand’s first recipient of a Leverhulme visiting professorship.

Putting human rights into social protection

Putting human rights into social protection

Social sciences and public policy
06 Jan, 2014

Policy-makers and development practitioners have a new tool to help them devise dynamic social protection programmes - a book co-authored by AUT’s Professor Marilyn Waring.

Inspirational scholar recognised with Prime Minister’s Award

Inspirational scholar recognised with Prime Minister’s Award

Social sciences and public policy
20 Dec, 2013

Edmond Fehoko believes in the transformative power of education – he has seen it in his own life and now helps other students to experience it too.

AUT awarded by exercise professionals

AUT awarded by exercise professionals

Social sciences and public policy
04 Dec, 2013

AUT has been awarded for its significant contribution to the exercise profession and for being the largest provider of graduates to the fitness industry at the 2013 New Zealand Fitness Awards.

AUT leads largest Trans-Tasman teleworking survey

AUT leads largest Trans-Tasman teleworking survey

Social sciences and public policy
30 Oct, 2013

AUT women of influence

AUT women of influence

Social sciences and public policy
02 Oct, 2013

AUT University’s Professor Marilyn Waring from the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, and Director of Business Relations – International and Engagement, Sarah Trotman have been named as finalists in the inaugural New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.  Winners are due to be announced on 23 October.

Fulbright Award a lifetime honour for AUT anthropologist

Fulbright Award a lifetime honour for AUT anthropologist

Social sciences and public policy
01 Oct, 2013

AUT anthropologist Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies says the Fulbright New Zealand Travel Award she received this month, will be an honour for life.

Davies combines lecturing in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy with an active programme of research currently focusing on procedural justice in Indonesia.

Pacific focus for new gambling research

Pacific focus for new gambling research

Social sciences and public policy
02 Sep, 2013

The most detailed study to date of Pacific people’s gambling and the impacts of problem gambling in New Zealand has been carried out by AUT University researchers.

The study was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to improve understanding of the impact of gambling on Pacific people, inform risk factors and better understand causes of problem gambling.

New book gives an insider's view of Asian and Pacific cities

New book gives an insider's view of Asian and Pacific cities

Social sciences and public policy
27 Jun, 2013

A deeper understanding of Asian and Pacific cities and the economic development of countries in the region will only come from understanding the social foundations of development, says AUT’s Professor Ian Shirley.

Facial recognition technology: evaluation will be crucial

Facial recognition technology: evaluation will be crucial

Social sciences and public policy
26 Jun, 2013

Professor Max Abbott, director of AUT University’s Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, has commended Mayor Len Brown and SkyCity on the decision to trial facial recognition technology to identify banned problem gamblers.

“No other casino in the world has introduced facial recognition technology, electronic monitoring and ‘pre-commitment’ to time and/or expenditure limits together.  It is ground-breaking and could raise the bar across all gambling settings and forms,” Professor Abbott said.

Domestic violence online tool

Domestic violence online tool

Social sciences and public policy
11 Jun, 2013

AUT researchers are looking for women to participate in the isafe study, a new online research study to assist women living with partner violence to make good safety planning decisions for themselves and their children.

New Pacific Journalism Review challenges Pacific censorship, political 'shackles'

New Pacific Journalism Review challenges Pacific censorship, political 'shackles'

Social sciences and public policy
28 May, 2013

Fiji’s brand of post-coup media censorship and other Pacific political curbs have been challenged in the latest Pacific Journalism Review.

“Even if the Fiji media are shackled, conferences in 2010 and 2012 provided opportunity and space to engage in some open dialogue, including criticism of the regime authorities,” the AUT-published international journal says.

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Students get first experience of NZ camp

Social sciences and public policy
22 Dec, 2012

When an experience is described as “the best weekend of my life” you know it was success.

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36,000 new brain injuries in NZ each year, incidence at “epidemic proportions”

22 Nov, 2012

The number of people with traumatic brain injuries in New Zealand is at “epidemic proportions” according to the lead investigator of a study published today in the international medical journal The Lancet.

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Sistema Aotearoa making a difference in the lives of children- AUT report

Social sciences and public policy
21 Nov, 2012

An AUT University report evaluating the Sistema Aotearoa programme has discovered that the programme has not only enjoyed a successful initial year, it is also having a marked effect on the participating children, their families and the Otara community.

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Tension in the inner city

Social sciences and public policy
26 Jun, 2012

Our Auckland inner city residents love and respect the area they live in, and wish visitors to their ‘space’ did too.

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AUT student chosen to represent New Zealand at APEC

Social sciences and public policy
20 Oct, 2011

Melody Cooper has a desire to shape what the future of the world will look like; so it’s appropriate then that come November she has the opportunity to start that journey.

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New book about surviving a thesis by those who know best

21 Sep, 2011

A fresh and real experience of students’ journeys through their PhD or Masters thesis forms the basis of a new book by Professor Marilyn Waring and Professor Kate Kearins from AUT University.

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Professor awarded with Honorary Degree from Scotland

Social sciences and public policy
24 May, 2011

AUT University’s Professor Marilyn Waring has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from an international university.

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AUT National Creative Writing Competition winners announced

Social sciences and public policy
06 Apr, 2011

The AUT New Zealand Creative Writing Competition drew hundreds of entries from all over the country with winners announced recently.

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The impact of privatisation

Social sciences and public policy
10 Feb, 2011

An international expert is coming to New Zealand to talk through the pros and cons of privatisation in the wake of the Prime Minister's comments around selling off some of the countrys' assets.

Minister impressed with Maori Social Science agenda

Minister impressed with Maori Social Science agenda

08 Dec, 2010

A speech from Maori Party Co-Leader, the Hon Tariana Turia, to open the Maori Association of Social Science (MASS) conference, suggested there was a fascinating array of topics close to the hearts of Maori social scientists.

Still in first Gair

Still in first Gair

Social sciences and public policy
06 Aug, 2010

In his early 80s the Hon George Gair could have happily sat back and reflected on his years.As a former member of Parliament, North Shore City mayor, high commissioner to London and once upon a time a journalist, he has much to reflect on.

Why we sound like Americans when we sing

Why we sound like Americans when we sing

Social sciences and public policy
30 Jul, 2010
We do it without thinking about it; in fact it’s more of an effort not to do it. We might be New Zealanders but we nearly all sing pop songs with an American-influenced accent.

It’s really not even an American accent it’s a ‘pop music’ accent that we sing with. The American accent has been associated so consistently with pop music that it has come to be the norm. Even some of New Zealand’s greatest artists, such as Dave Dobbyn and Crowded House, sing with the pop music accent.

How to stay safe from scams

How to stay safe from scams

20 Jul, 2010

The busty blonde Russian woman you met online who needs to borrow money for emergency surgery could well be a West African man trying to dupe you out of your life savings.

New Zealand's number 1 child advocate

New Zealand's number 1 child advocate

Social sciences and public policy
08 Jun, 2010

He was the first ever appointed Children’s Commissioner in New Zealand, played a major part in a world-first cot death study and has just received a reward from the UN for his work with children. If ever there was a child advocate who walked the talk, Dr Ian Hassall is him.

From pastimes to profits

From pastimes to profits

Social sciences and public policy
24 May, 2010

She may be small in size but Meera Bhattarai's conviction and determination make her seem larger than life.

Editors, journalists face challenge of ‘price of freedom’ in latest PJR

Editors, journalists face challenge of ‘price of freedom’ in latest PJR

Social sciences and public policy
21 May, 2010

Editors, journalists and media researchers face the challenge of the “price of freedom” and the cost of reporting global conflict in the latest edition of Pacific Journalism Review.

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Auckland economy yet to bounce back

Social sciences and public policy
19 Mar, 2010

The IPP/BERL latest Auckland economic forecast suggests that it will be some time before Auckland's economy fully recovers.

Stories of outstanding Solomon Islands women

Stories of outstanding Solomon Islands women

08 Mar, 2010

A new book published by AUT's Pacific Media Centre celebrates leadership and achievement amongst Solomon Islands women.

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Auckland export economy- one of NZ's weakest

17 Nov, 2009

Auckland can never be the growth engine people expect – or that the country requires – as long as its export economy remains as one of the lowest in New Zealand, a senior economist warns.

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Brits love the way we say 'fush n chups'

Social sciences and public policy
14 Oct, 2009

The New Zealand accent has been rated the most attractive and prestigious non-British form of English, according to a BBC survey.

New Zealand English came in first ahead of Australian, American and most regional British accents in the study published in the international Journal of Sociolinguistics, edited by Professor Allan Bell, Director of AUT’s Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication.

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Vietnam looks to AUT for training

Social sciences and public policy
12 Oct, 2009

When Vietnam’s government was looking to up-skill its public servants and give them a taste of the world outside Vietnam, it looked to New Zealand and AUT University.

This month, 20 Vietnam government officials took part in a short course focusing on urban planning and tourism development.

Half of disabled Aucklanders living on poverty line

Half of disabled Aucklanders living on poverty line

Social sciences and public policy
09 Aug, 2009

There are 77,000 disabled people living in Auckland, the majority of whom earn far less than their non-disabled counterparts, even when they have a tertiary qualification.

This is one of the key findings from a new report titled, Step Up: Decision-makers getting it right for disabled Aucklanders, which provides evidence about the issues, needs and aspirations of disabled Aucklanders.